Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said to The Washington Post that the Democratic Party should not blame Russia for Hillary Clinton’s defeat in the 2016 presidential election, pointing out they can only blame themselves for the outcome of this political event.
Schumer explained that it is impossible to blame third parties like former FBI Director James Comey or Russia when the party loses against someone who has only 40 percent popularity. He insisted that in this situation you have to blame yourself and recognize the failures.
Although many believe this represents a controversial message considering the way the Democratic Party has failed to accept Donald Trump’s victory, this was not the most incendiary remark. Believe it or not, previewing the party’s campaign message heading into 2018, Schumer admitted that voters are not sure what the Democrats stand for.
Analyzing the different elements that ended up being critical for the Democrats’ ambitions in the election, he told that one of the most damaging ones was the fact that people knew they were against the Republican candidate, but didn’t know what they stood for.
As everyone noted last year, the cornerstone of the Democrats’ strategy was focused on criticizing everything related to Trump, hoping that the numerous controversies spinning around the GOP presidential candidate would damage his chances. Eventually, this plan failed strongly.
Back in May, Hillary Clinton blamed Comey and radical transparency organization WikiLeaks for her election defeat. She assured she was on the way to winning until the combination of Comey’s letter on October 28 and WikiLeaks disclosures raised doubts in those who were inclined to vote for her.
Additionally, Schumer revealed that the party’s plan for next year is titled “A Better Deal” and is meant to fight the president’s economic message to Americans. Schumer vows this would be an expression that everyone will use and will bring positive results for the Democratic Party.
He said its new agenda won’t be about moving the party right or left, and it doesn’t have anything to do with appealing to one coalition or another. Additionally, he explained that a strong, populist, bold economic message appeals to the people who voted for President Trump and to the Obama coalition.
Regarding Schumer’s acknowledgment, President Trump stole one of his lines in a tweet Monday, saying that after a year of investigation with no evidence being found, the Senate Minority Leader just recognized that the Democratic party should blame themselves and not Russia.
Yesterday, Trump brutally criticized Republican lawmakers for not making enough efforts to support him during the federal and congressional investigations into possible collusion with Russia. He tweeted that it is really sad how members of the GOP, even some that the President assured were carried over the line on his back, do absolutely nothing to protect him.
In addition, he tweeted that as the “phony Russian Witch Hunt” continues against him, the Democratic Party and the Russians are the two groups that are laughing at this excuse for a lost election taking hold.
On the other hand, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who faced a challenge from the Ohio Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan for her leadership position earlier this year, surprisingly agreed with Schumer. In a separate interview with The Washington Post, Pelosi told that far from being part of a course correction, the new slogan was actually a “presentation correction.”
After 1 year of investigation with Zero evidence being found, Chuck Schumer just stated that “Democrats should blame ourselves,not Russia.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 24 de julio de 2017
Considering that over the last eight years the Democratic Party has become more leftist than ever, they’ve lost the Rust-belt Democrats, an important group considering most of its members voted for Trump in the presidential election. Given this issue, Ryan and others have argued that the party must return to an economic message that appeals to the working class voters and marginalized groups.
Nevertheless, this goal seems quite difficult considering that most of the Democratic voters are known for embracing radical leftist ideas, to the point where many see capitalism as the cornerstone of America’s problems.
Additionally, the fact that Bernie Sanders remains as a really popular figure represents a threatening signal for a party that is looking for a way to become attractive to the American people.
This way, Democrats are facing a huge division that will be quite difficult to overcome, especially when reality showed that being anti-Trump is not enough to win an election.